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    Re: London symposium
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2006 Nov 25, 06:54 +1100
    Many thanks to Wolfgang for such a detailed report on the recent symposium held in London. It sounds as though it was full of fascinating material. Would that each presentation be available online from a dedicated site.

    Wolfgang writes:
    "In the afternoon Jeremy Spencer from the National Museum of Australia
    presented his findings on Cook's mapping methods on the coasts of New
    Zealand in 1769. From what I understood – and I admit that the Australian
    accent sometimes baffled me – he thinks that Cook was essentially making a
    running survey from aboard ship."

    It is well known that Cook (and his crew) mapped the coasts of eastern New Holland (Australia) and New Zealand as he meandered along them, and being a sailor he also recorded water depths and other information (weather, winds, fires burning along the coast, etc). His voyages were so valuable because he brought back such detailed information about little known lands. I am a little puzzled myself about what new point Jeremy Spencer could have been making.

    As to being 'baffled' by an Australian accent, now that is a wondrously strange notion. Surely it is everyone else who has an accent; not us? When Australian films are shown on American TV the voices are dubbbed, but the English in this are made of sterner stuff: Australian Soapies (Soap Operas; emotionally charged ongoing espisodic tales of trivia)  are quite popular on British TV and viewers just have to cope. It gets easier with practice, apparently.

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